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Comprehensive information about Andre Breton including biographical information, facts, literary works, and more. André Breton (French:  [~de bt~] ; 19 February 1896 – 28 September 1966) was a French writer and poet. He is known best as the founder of Surrealism. His writings include the first Surrealist Manifesto (Manifeste du surréalisme ) of 1924, in which he defined surrealism as " pure psychic automatism ". This educational Andre Breton resource has information about the author's life, works, quotations, articles and essays, and more.


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Quote Left Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express -- verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner -- the actual functioning of thought. Dictated by the thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern. Quote Right
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Quote Left I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer lends so much more credence and attaches so much more importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams.... Man...is above all the plaything of his memory. Quote Right
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Quote Left To speak of God, to think of God, is in every respect to show what one is made of. I have always wagered against God and I regard the little that I have won in this world as simply the outcome of this bet. However paltry may have been the stake (my life) I am conscious of having won to the full. Everything that is doddering, squint-eyed, vile, polluted and grotesque is summoned up for me in that one word: God! Quote Right
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Quote Left Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession. Quote Right
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Quote Left There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take liberties as liberty itself. Quote Right
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